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Under-18s: Manchester United 4 Everton 1

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Manchester United’s Under-18s consolidated their place at the summit of the Premier League table with a resounding victory over second-placed Everton at the Aon Training Complex on Saturday.

Mason Greenwood grabbed two of the goals, with Largie Ramazani and James Garner also finding the net to stretch the young Reds' lead to four points at the top of the table.

It was a beautifully sunny day in this little corner of South Manchester, but that was contrasted by a bitterly cold wind that blew through the training ground.

This first against second clash certainly lived up to its pre-match billing, as both teams went flat out from the start. United started the game holding a one point advantage over Everton with the Goodison Park club having one game in hand, so it was imperative that the Reds should take the three points in order to keep their title charge on track. 
The Reds made an encouraging start with Aidan Barlow going close in the opening minutes of the match. Then, in the 11th minute, United made the early breakthrough with Barlow crossing to Mason Greenwood who made no mistake from close range.

Barlow and James Garner both went close as the Reds continued make the pace and push forward looking to add another goal. Everton were by no means out of the picture and they certainly looked dangerous when they went forward. And they showed that United needed to be on their guard when, in the 31st minute, full back Nathan Moore found striker Ellis Simms who gleefully put the Toffees on level terms.

However, Everton’s parity was short-lived for within sixty seconds United had restored their lead with a goal from Largie Ramazani following good work from Brandon Williams. Four minutes before the break and United extended their lead with a terrific long-range curling shot from James Garner. The wind may have played some part in this spectacular goal but the end product was definitely what Garner intended.

The same player almost claimed his second of the game, on the stroke of half-time, but his shot skimmed the crossbar.

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The second half mirrored the first in many ways with United always having the edge, but nothing could be taken for granted until twelve minutes from time when Greenwood grabbed his second goal to rubber-stamp an important victory and keep Kieran McKenna’s lads firmly in the title race driving seat.

MATCH DETAILS

United 4 (Greenwood 11, 78, Ramazani 32, Garner 41)
Everton 1 (Simms 31)

United: Kovar; Tanner, Dunne, O’Connor, Williams B.; Garner, Levitt; Burkart (Ramazani 25), Puigmal (McGhee 81), Barlow (Laird 79); Greenwood 
Subs not used: Fojticek, Mellor